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Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise

There’s a Persian inscription on a slab inside Isa Khan Tomb which says, “This tomb, which is an asylum of paradise, was built during the reign of Islam Shah ….. by Masnad Ali Isa Khan, son of…”

It is said that Isa Khan built his tomb in his entire lifetime. He died at the age of 95! Can you imagine living your years building your own resting place? Perhaps, in modern age, this is like working your ass off while young to prepare for your golden years. But, I do admire those who are really working hard to survive and save. Nowadays, we’ve got to do things we need to do.

When you visit Humayun’s Tomb and as soon as you get your ticket, follow the footpath on your right. This leads to Isa Khan Tomb.
Isa Khan Tomb - An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

It is important to note that Isa Khan’s tomb was completed 20 years before Humayun’s. This also means that this tomb is way ahead of Taj Mahal.

Isa Khan Tomb - An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

So, if you see striking similarities between the three, you know who’s original, right? 🙂

Isa Khan Tomb - An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India).

On the western side, you can visit the Isa Khan mosque.

Isa Khan Tomb - An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India)

And this is what you see inside. Still impressive, yeah?

Isa Khan Tomb - An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India).

Isa Khan Tomb – An Asylum of Paradise (New Delhi, India).

Isa Khan’s Tomb is octagonal and there’s an impressive latticework, canopies and glazed tiles. Go around the tomb and marvel at the frescoes, geometric patterns and calligraphy. There’s also a sunken garden in the middle. This style, of course, is also evident in Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal.

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